SLT Silk Sports Awards 2019 concludes | Sunday Observer

SLT Silk Sports Awards 2019 concludes

Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) honoured athletes who demonstrated exceptional talent, determination and dedication for the fifth consecutive year at the SLT Silk Sports Awards 2019.

The Awards ceremony recognised and paid tribute to sportsmen and women on their achievements last year. SLT believes that it is it’s obligation to empower the Sri Lankan sports arena under the provisions of its CSR activities.

The awards ceremony was held at BMICH, Colombo recently. Every category in sports arena was recognised at this award ceremony to pave more successful avenues in the sports industry.

Awards were distributed under two major categories. Under the major award category, Sri Lanka’s netball star, Tharjini Sivalingam was presented the Most Popular Sports Personality of the Year award.

Veteran national sports administrator, Sunil Jayaweera was recognised with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Former Sri Lanka opening batsman Roshan Mahanama was awarded with the Duncan White Award for Sports Excellence and Contribution award.

Sri Lanka’s promising swimmer, Mathew Abeysinghe, the SAG seven gold medallist won the Silk Sportsman of the year award, while Nalanda cricket captain Lakshitha Munasinghe was named as the Outstanding School Sports Personality of the year, following his record-breaking performances in 2019.

Sri Lankan deaf cricket team became the Silk Team of the year and ICC cricket umpire Kumar Dharmasena was named as the Most Outstanding Contributor for International Sports.

The Outstanding Sports Scientific Publication of the Year award was won by Dr. Samantha Nanayakkara whose PhD thesis was on Social Psychology of Sports. National weightlifting coach R. B. Wickremasinghe was awarded as the Outstanding Coach of the Year. Veteran sports journalist Dinesh Weerawansa was honoured for his services in promoting sports in Sri Lanka with the ‘Outstanding Contributor to Sports Journalism’ award.

SLT expects to drive the country’s sports to international level.